We initially booked 11 nights in a superior room.
We were pleasantly surprised to have been upgraded to a jacuzzi suite. This made for fantastic living accommodation for the entire stay. I would definitely recommend having one of these spacious rooms. The room had two big LCD screens, Dvd/cd, a sitting area and a jacuzzi on the balcony overlooking the bay!
The hotel does have a choice of a few restaurants on site or at the nearby Kantary Bay sister hotel. The food quality and service at these is acceptable. When compared to local Thai restaurants, they are however a little pricey. One 'interesting' experience we had was at at the Top of the Reef restaurant adjoining the Otters bar. The roof had been leaking following a particularly heavy storm. It was leaking onto the table that we were due to sit at. The head waiter challenged us to if a wine glass filled with rain water before we finished our meal, we would have free glass of wine. We narrowly missed the wine due to only filling the wine glass three quarters full! Having said that the food was nice.
The best food we had was at the Uncle Sams Italian restaurant at Kantary Bay hotel and the Panwa restaurant on the beach at Cape Panwa hotel. Excellent food and service at both, but remember to book a table.
If you like massage, there is a spa on site. Compared to other hotels we have visited, it was good value and provided a quality treatment. However, for a bargain Thai massage, visit one of the local Thai businesses. We visited one a few minutes walk from the hotel called Chaba. The lady who runs this is an ex employee of the hotel spa. Her treatments can be recommended if you're ok with a fairly 'basic' interior.
One final point is the beach. The beach is good with nice sand, but you'll need appropriate shoes to go in the sea as it's quite rocky. There are plenty of sun loungers available. However, to avoid disappointment a pre-breakfast visit to the beach is recommended to secure your favoured spot with towels! I've never been into doing this, but this is a must. The hotel is frequented by long staying more mature guests, who seem to almost acquire a right to the same loungers for their entire three month stay!
Finally, a great hotel in a nice quiet location and well worth a visit if this suits your type of holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world's most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the villa is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms and exclusive swimming pool. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated suites and pool villas. Thailand's premier luxury chain of Villa and Serviced Apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Panwa Phuket
- Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket